A look back at central Indiana’s wild weather in 2015

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Storm on July 13, 2015 (Photo by Todd Parker)

What a year weather-wise in central Indiana! To say the least, 2015 will be one to remember.

We started off the new year with a brief temperature rise to the 50s but it wouldn’t last!

JANUARY TO MARCH

A winter storm roared in the state dropping a half foot of snow from Lafayette to the north side of the city. Temperatures would plunge to -7° with many nights well in into the single digits through mid-month.

We escaped several near miss snow storms for much of January and into mid-February. Several storms would bury north and southern Indiana until we took a direct hit late February.  3″ to 7″ of snow fell on the 21. Several nights would once again turn bitterly cold – dropping to -6° two times before the month would end.

Snowfall January 6th 2015

Snowfall January 6th 2015

 

It was the end of February and the open to March that we saw old man Winter’s final hurrah!  Another snow storm would make a direct hit delivering 5″ to 10″ of snow through the heart of the state. A record 11″ of snow was on the ground March 1 – most ever so late in the year.

Snow cover 2-2-2015

March opened with the most snow on the ground so late in the season. Snow cover map morning of March 2nd.

 

 

APRIL

April showers produced baseball size hail over Monroe county on the 8th and three days of storms produced heavy rain and damaging winds.

Baseball size hail in Uionville, IN (Monroe Co)

Baseball size hail in Unionville, IN (Monroe Co)

 

MAY

May rainfall was plentiful along with more hail. Intense thunderstorms would cover the ground with hail in Lebanon dropping visibility to nearly zero!

Late in the month on the night of the 30th – a brief tornado on the southeast side of the city shortly after 8:30 pm would damage cars and homes, rated an EF 1 with 90 mph. These storms would deliver another 3″ to 5″ of rainfall creating flash flooding well into the night.

JUNE

June picked up where May left off and by month’s end over 8″ of rainfall had fallen officially in Indianapolis. Over a foot of rain soaked the northern part of the state damaging young crops. June would end as the 7th wettest on record and we weren’t done yet.

2 week rainfall totals ending June 24th

2 week rainfall totals ending June 24th

JULY

A historic July would go into the books as the wettest month EVER in Indianapolis history. A whopping 13.14″ of rain would fall devastating some Indiana crops. The largest severe weather outbreak of the season occurred on the 13th and 14th with a pair of tornadoes almost simultaneously touching down late in the evening over Warren and Putnam counties. One motorist was injured in Boone county when a tree fell on their vehicle from damaging wind gusts.

July 13th shelf cloud rolling along

July 13th shelf cloud rolling along

 

Trees toppled near park ave July 13th

Trees toppled near park ave July 13th

 

SEPTEMBER HEAT WAVE

August – September and October would turn quiet but heat up. The longest heat wave of the season came during the long Labor Day weekend. 7 straight days topped the 90° mark peaking at the year’s hottest of 94° on the fourth.

One of the hotter Labor Day weekends with 7 straight days in the 90s

One of the hotter Labor Day weekends with 7 straight days in the 90s

NOVEMBER SNOW

Early snow before Thanksgiving northwest of Indianapolis of 3 to 5″ would not last long. 60° warmth soon returned and the mild air kept coming into December.

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RECORD SETTING DECEMBER

A December to remember with record setting 70° warmth and a severe weather outbreak just two days before Christmas. Four tornadoes would be confirmed state-wide the night of the 23rd – most ever in a December since 1967.

Rotation from radar on December 23rd. EF 1 tornado touched down in Greenwood

Rotation from radar on December 23rd. EF 1 tornado touched down in Greenwood

 

Tree down on house near 96th and Allisonville Rd.

Tree down on house near 96th and Allisonville Rd.

 

Tornado damage near Smith Valley Rd near Greenwood

Tornado damage near Smith Valley Rd near Greenwood

 

Heavy rainfall after Christmas of 3″ to 5″ would make this one the wettest December’s on record and pushed 2015 to among the wettest 16% ever. With just over 48″ of precipitation this year the 23rd wettest on record.

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Storm total rainfall Dec 26 to 28th

Storm total rainfall Dec 26 to 28th

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